Happy Independence Day!

"...And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."

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Thinking about these men today. 

And how they influenced men a world and two centuries away: Born American, but in the Wrong Place.

And how they influence people today. Danielle Allen thinks the text of the Declaration has a period where a comma was intended. I don't think I really understand the significance she places on this, but what's very nice in this interview is her account of how the Declaration inspires her unemployed or under-educated night school students.